Players' chief Gordon Taylor believes the length of time taken for the Football Association to deal with the John Terry case has caused divisions which may never be healed.
Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, said the delay had caused the issue to "fester" within football. Chelsea captain Terry has been banned for four matches for using racist language towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October last year.
Taylor said: "Almost 12 months on and the John Terry case was still not heard by the FA until the day after Luis Suarez shook hands with Patrice Evra at Anfield. Such a delay has allowed the matter to fester and cause divisions in the football family which will take a long time to heal - if they ever do."
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